Bloxwich Golf Club Brochure 2012 - 2013

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  • Bloxwich Golf ClubOfficial Club Brochure 2012 - 2013

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    ContentsWelcome ............................... 5

    History .................................. 7

    The Course ........................... 8

    Take the Course Tour ......... 11

    Professional and Pro Shop . 15

    Tuition ................................. 17

    Practice Facilities ............... 19

    Becoming a Member .......... 20

    Members Golf .................... 23

    Juniors ................................ 31

    Visitors ................................ 33

    Societies ............................. 35

    Clubhouse .......................... 39

    Functions and Special Occasions .......................... 41

    Corporate Facilities ............ 43

    Open Competitions ............ 45

    Social Activities .................. 47

    How to Find Us ................... 49

    Contact Us .......................... 50

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    WelcomeWelcome to Bloxwich Golf Club, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds - the peace and tranquillity of a rural club yet set in an easily-accessible location.

    Leave our first tee and you will be transported into the heart of arable Staffordshire countryside on our undulating semi-parkland course. You will find it hard to believe you are but a few miles from the M6 and adjacent to the A34 when the only noises you hear are songbirds in summer and the occasional tractor.

    Situated on the northern edge of the Black Country, Bloxwich Golf Club is a well-established members club founded in 1924. We offer

    excellent facilities and traditions you would expect from one of the premier clubs in the area. We are dedicated to providing the best for our members and are also a popular destination for visitors and golfing societies.

    From breakfast to evening meal, food is available throughout the day, and our well stocked bar is open between 11am and 11pm (or beyond by request).

    A warm Black Country welcome awaits you from all of the staff here at Bloxwich Golf Club. We look forward to making your visit a truly memorable one.

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    HistoryIn 1924 the club first opened its doors, with nine holes, 149 men, 108 ladies and 20 juniors. The original 96 acres bought for 55 in 1919 was soon expanded by 12 acres to create a full 18-hole course, and The Field House was purchased for a clubhouse.

    Designed in the main by Mr J Coburn, who trained under Tom Morris at St. Andrews, the course gained early accolades. The Walsall Observer of the time said: From a sporting point of view the short (175-yard) 6th hole would take some beating. It is currently the 15th hole and is still a daunting hole today.

    In April 1925 Major RW Downs achieved the first hole-in-one, on the then 135-yard 4th - the present day 13th - and in 1937 H A (Peter) Squire was

    the first member to break 70; the course record has since fallen to 63. Peters connection with Bloxwich Golf Club dates back to 1929, when he was nominated as a reserve for the England Boys International Team.

    During the war years trenches were dug across the course to defend against gliders and paratroopers, with squaddies inhabiting tents on the 10th hole and officers taking advantage of the clubhouse. All were made Honorary Members for the duration.

    In 1988 the members took ownership of the club with a payment of 90,000 to create Bloxwich Golf Club (1988) Ltd. Spacious new locker rooms and a new Professional shop were added as the clubs Millennium project, adding to the already superior golfing experience at Bloxwich.

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    The CourseA mature, undulating, parkland course of distinctive character, Bloxwich makes full use of its natural hazards to provide a testing round of golf and a real sense of achievement for players of all levels. The 18-hole course also boasts a practice pitching area, putting green, short chipping and bunker area, and nets to perfect both the long and short game.

    Although not the longest Championship-length course in the area, at 6,296 yards off the white tees, 6,096 yards off the yellow tees, and 5,340 yards for ladies, Bloxwich is one of the most challenging and rewarding. The Standard Scratch Score of 71 matches the par for the course, an indication that it is no pushover.

    Always looking for further ways to enhance the golfing experience for members and visitors, further improvements made in 2011 now mean that the final hole has become one of the toughest on the course, with the added pressure of finishing up right in front of the clubhouse!

    Unusually, Bloxwich has five par 3s, so there is no shortage of holes to choose for nearest the pin competitions. There are also four par 5s, three of which are encountered on the front nine, though undoubtedly its most demanding holes are its par fours. The 455-yard closing hole features a drive over water against the prevailing westerly winds before gradually rising up to the green and is certainly not a hole on which you will feel safe on the tee if you are protecting a lead in

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    matchplay. The 458-yard 12th, meanwhile, with water hazards threatening the drive and approach shots, poses another formidable challenge.

    Bloxwich is open for play almost all year round, only closing due to exceptional weather conditions. Thanks to the work of the greenstaff over the last few years, main greens are in play for the majority of the time, and trolleys are rarely excluded. We appreciate this is an important consideration for all our visitors and members alike, and we work hard to maintain these high standards.

    To ensure the enjoyment of the course for all, we ask all golfers to avoid slow play. To this end, we

    encourage players to keep up with the group in front, not just in front of the group behind, and to play in maximum groupings of threewherever possible.

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    Take the Course TourIf you have never played Bloxwich before you are in for a treat. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the pitfalls that lie in wait and how to avoid them as you follow our course tour courtesy of Richard Dance, our PGA Professional.

    Hole 1, 295 yards, par 4 - A tee shot to the centre of the fairway leaves a short approach and a birdie opportunity.

    Hole 2, 507 yards, par 5 - The decision for most on this hole is whether to lay up short of the cross bunker with the second shot or take it on. Beware the ditch along the tree line to the right near the green.

    Hole 3, 188 yards, par 3 - The longest of the five par 3s at Bloxwich. The bunker in front of the green foreshortens the distance. Take enough club!

    Hole 4, 489 yards, par 5 - A long drive to the centre of the fairway brings the green into range for the second shot, but beware of the out of bounds to the left and the water to the right.

    Hole 5, 307 yards, par 4 - A tempting tee shot for the bigger hitters but with water to the left and right laying up short might be the best option.

    Hole 6, 435 yards, par 4 - The ideal tee shot would shape from right to left avoiding the well-positioned bunker. You will still be required to play an accurate approach to an elevated nar